I lived with my family on that boat until I was old enough to leave home, which of course, I eventually did. Moving in with my boyfriend to the confines of bricks and mortar, all took some adjustment and not one I’ve ever fully made. Wherever I find myself, I am eventually surrounded by things. I’m comfortable in small spaces and most relaxed around water. Over my adulthood, I’ve had a brief foray with boats, but nothing that ever filled the void.
My parents only left the boat as my dad’s illness took hold, which led to his eventual demise. My mum is able to live by the river and still mix with the local boaters and have the surroundings she’s had for so many years. I am thankful for that.
Fast forward through a handful of years, I have 2 children, an ex-husband and a fiancé. One day, looking from the window of my mums place, I jokingly suggested we moved onto a wide beam boat. “Are you serious?” he said. I laughed, “yes, no, maybe”. Weeks passed and I gave the idea much thought, before raising the subject again. “you know what I said the other week…? I am serious”.
And so the seed was sown.
I am a day dreamer. I am creative and willing to work hard. He is the planner. He is the doer of things.
We have a lot of work to do – the house isn’t quite ready for sale, but it will be with a few weeks work.
The New Year awaits us and many changes lay ahead. Our lives are about to change in many ways and we are all more than ready for it.